Our Staff

Garry Binks

Garry Binks

Principal

Jonathon Simmons

Jonathon Simmons

Deputy Principal | Secondary English

David Cobb

David Cobb

Seconday Co-ordinator | Maths | Bible | Multimedia

Glenn Choake

Glenn Choake

Primary Co-ordinator | Learning Support

Meet Jonno.

As a father of 3 boys, I know that one of the most important elements for a successful life is a communication and as a high school English teacher it is my goal to not only prepare students for formal communication and production of texts, but to equip them with the skills to interpret, analyse and produce texts that allow them to communicate effectively in all circumstances. 

It is my passion and joy as an educator, to watch students grow and mature as they engage in the process of learning, from making mistakes to the perfect execution of a task. It is our privilege as educators to helps students enjoy learning, because a student who enjoys learning, enjoys all that life has to offer.

I am so thrilled to join the Ballina and RCC community for 2017. I am looking forward to making the most of what this beautiful part of Australia has to offer, from bike riding and fishing to the local live arts scene and just lazy some nice, afternoons on the beach. I am looking forward to continuing in the life abundant that God has for me!

Meet David.

Hi, I’m David.

I love teaching and getting to know the kids I teach. I find it very rewarding to see kids grow in their knowledge of God and the world he has made.

I enjoy getting out and about with my family in the beautiful area we live in! We particularly like the bike paths, and the range of picnic and swimming spots.

When I get the chance, I also like to have a round of golf.

Meet Glenn.

Hello, I’m Glenn

I’m currently teaching Year 5/6, a joy I’ve had for the last few years at RCC. I have also taught Year 3/4 and been the learning support and RFF teacher during my time here. I have been teaching since 1981, starting out in Mt Druitt (Sydney), Penrith, the Central Coast, Mullumbimby, Grafton, Maclean and on the beautiful Isle of Wight (UK). I taught in the NSW public school system until 2000 when God called me into Christian education.  I’m relishing the opportunity to lead the Primary department as Primary coordinator as we have an awesome student body and an equally awesome teaching team.

I love impacting the lives of young men and women, being able to make a difference in so many lives and, now, being able to share the joy I have in being a follower of Christ. I love that I can be me in front of the students, staff and parents and have fun doing what I’m doing. To have a new opportunity each day to teach something new to someone and to prepare them for life is a real privilege and to be able to do it in a Christian environment is an added bonus. I can also be a real “dag” sometimes and tell really sick jokes over and over again and make people laugh – that’s what I love to do!

I love walking on the beach with my wife, swimming and enjoying local coffee shops (double shot long blacks – just in case people feel inclined to bless me) and spending time with friends and family.

Meet Julie.

Hi. I’m Julie.

I have the best allocation in the school: Pre Kindy

I love teaching! It is such a privilege to sow into young lives and so rewarding to see them delight in achieving some new skill or knowledge. In Pre Kindy children are like sponges and love to learn. And every day these children say or do something that is very amusing!

I come originally from the flat dry area of Northern Victoria. So there are lots of things to enjoy  here, especially the hills which are often green, the ocean and the opportunity for great walking places and being outdoors.

Meet Meg.

Hi, I’m Meg.

I am currently teaching Kindergarten (which I love) and have been teaching Kinder/Year One for about 10 years! Before that I taught Year 2 and then became a Reading Teacher and a support teacher.

I love children and the joy they bring to the classroom every day. I love being around young people and enjoy  helping them ignite the love of learning. I feed off their enthusiasm and I strive to have a happy room. Our class motto is to be Kind, Loving and Patient, and we pray for this every day.

I feel incredibly blessed to be here in Ballina. This is a place where we can enjoy so much that others never get to experience. I Love Love Love the beach and swimming in the ocean! It truly is gift form God that I appreciate so much, especially after teaching out west for 10 or so years. I love the coffee shops and the movies and all the local markets and local community events.

Meet Sam.

Hello, I’m Sam.

I teach Primary infants at Richmond and have been teaching Year One most recently.

I became a teacher to teach children the skills of life, whether it be academic or social and this is what I enjoy most. At Richmond it is a wonderful privilege to share how much God loves each student and help them develop a caring attitude towards others.

My personal interests involve anything outdoors, surfing, mountain biking and connecting with my family, church and community. 

Meet Suzie.

Hi. I’m Suzie.

I teach Year 2 on Mondays and Tuesdays.

I love building relationships with my students and watching them grow and learn. I also value my relationships with the broader school community. Teaching is such a versatile job. I enjoy the fact that I get to teach a variety of subjects that I am enthusiastic about and that my job involves being up on my feet indoors and outdoors in the classroom and playground.

One of my favourite things to do is to visit the local beaches and Lake Ainsworth with my husband and 1 year old son. Spending time with my family and friends and spending time in Byron Bay are also on the top of my list!

Meet Peita.

Hi! I’m Peita.

I teach in the primary school and love being part of the RCC community. It is a real privilege being able to share the hope we have in the death and resurrection of our Saviour Jesus with our students and families. My prayer for all our students is that they would put their trust, and find their assurance, in Jesus and that they would discover their God-given gifts and learn how to use these for His glory as they serve Him and others.

I really enjoy sharing each students’ learning journey with them over a year, celebrating successes, encouraging them to persevere, giving them challenges and watching them grow and mature as they develop their love of learning.

I love spending time with my family. Whether that be at home on our Friday night games night, or outdoors playing tennis, playing at the beach or going for walks.

Meet Kristy.

My name is Kristy Suffolk and I have the privilege of teaching Year 3 this year. 

I feel really blessed to be teaching at Richmond with such wonderful staff, students and families. I really love working in such a caring, supportive God-loving community. I love to watch my students grow in both their love of God and their academic, social and emotional achievements.

As a mum of 3 girls I don’t have a lot of free time but as a family we love exploring our local area and bike riding and scootering along the local bike ways.

Julie Millar

Julie Millar

Pre-Kindy

Sam West

Sam West

Year 1

Peita Patch

Peita Patch

Year 2 (Wed-Fri)

Meg Potter

Meg Potter

Kindergarten

Suzie Eggington

Suzie Eggington

Year 2 (Mon-Tues)

Kristy Suffolk

Kristy Suffolk

Year 3

Gentilla Trewartha

Gentilla Trewartha

Year 4

Ian Coutts

Ian Coutts

Year 6

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

Secondary Science & Mathematics

Penny Woolley

Penny Woolley

Year 5

Belinda Bos

Belinda Bos

Secondary English | Visual Arts

Brad Gilmore

Brad Gilmore

Maths | PDHPE | Sport Coordinator

Meet GT.

Hi I’m Mrs T –

Contrary to popular belief among some of the lower primary classes that has nothing to do with cups of tea but rather it is short for Mrs Trewartha, but I am never called that.

I teach primary classes which, in the last few years has included Years 4, 5, 6 and Special Education.

There are lots of reasons why I love teaching. Teaching is something that goes way back for me with scripture and children’s church but classroom teaching came later. It all has to do with kids – kids are great. It is so exciting when they are enthusiastic about learning and it is fun. Sometimes I ‘walk aways’ with kids who are finding life tricky and I hope that I am helpful to them. I am often humbled that I get to teach these kids the Bible – what a privilege and I learn as I am going too.

I love walking, sometimes on my own or with Mr T.  Usually it will be a walk that includes Main Beach and Shelley’s or Shelley’s and up to Flat Rock. When I walk I usually pick up rubbish especially plastic as I feel it is important to care for this beautiful corner of God’s Earth.

Meet Ian.

Hi my name is Ian Coutts. For the last two years I have taught year 3. I really enjoy teaching for 2 reasons.

Firstly I am able to talk to students about Jesus. I enjoy being able to discuss the Bible and share about my personal faith with the students. I also appreciate how students have so many different beliefs and so having the opportunity to meet them where they are at and hopefully help them learn a bit more about Jesus is very exciting for me.

Secondly, I really enjoy teaching because of the growth you get to see in all students. It is wonderful to see students develop their learning and skills through out a year. Being a part of that is special!

I enjoy a range of things in this area. I love spending time with my family, my church family and my friends. I also love exploring God’s creation on the North Coast when I can. There is lots to see and do!

Meet Matthew.

Hi there, I’m Matthew.

Teaching Mathematics and Science from a Christian perspective to secondary students is a privilege and a challenge.

I really enjoy broadening the perspectives of our students, deepening their knowledge and understanding of the world, and learning a lot myself along the way!

Principles of Physics also help me get the most out of my sailing boat which I try to use on our local waterway as much as possible.

Meet Brad.

Hello, I’m Brad Gilmore. I enjoy teaching Secondary Mathematics and PDHPE. I am also the sports coordinator, organising our carnivals and sports gala days for Richmond. One of my favourite parts of this role is giving students the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports, as well as represent the school at further levels – especially in team sports.

I love living in Ballina because it’s a beautiful town to raise my two sons. I like playing most sports, especially touch football, oztag and golf.

Meet Leonie.

Hello. I’m Leonie and I teach Japanese, History and Business Studies.

Introducing students to information they may not know is exciting and helping them learn about other cultures and speak another language is highly rewarding. 

We are blessed by an abundance of natural beauty in this area. I thoroughly enjoy trail riding through our beautiful hills as well as along our pristine beaches.   

Meet Sarah.

Hello. I’m Sarah.

I currently teach senior English. I am passionate about stories, and fascinated by the power that words and stories have over the way that we think and relate to one another.

I love teaching my students how to think deeply, to have greater empathy and to be creative.

When I am not at Richmond Christian College I enjoy seeing the beauty of God’s creation over coffee and conversation at The Farm in Ewingsdale.

Meet Michelle.

Hello, I’m Michelle.

I teach Music in the Secondary.

I enjoy teaching because I love seeing doors open for young people into new and rewarding experiences. 

And I love the “a-ha” moment when someone understands a new concept!

I enjoy the beaches and waterholes in the local area.

Meet Michelle.

Hi. I’m Michelle

I teach Secondary PDHPE, Food Technology, Mandatory Technology and Geography.

To teach has been a dream of mine since I was very young.  Teaching is so much more than imparting educational knowledge, it’s being able to understand and apply this knowledge to life.  I get to do this each day through a Biblical Worldview at RCC, especially in PDH where the content is extremely applicable to everyday life. I love teaching young people, seeing them engage in the content and activities, enjoying learning, working together, developing skills and strategies, overcoming challenges, discovering their passions and growing in their individual, God given, gifts and abilities.

I enjoy going for walks and bike rides along the river, going to Church, swimming at the beach and Lake Ainsworth, going to the movies, dining and having coffee with family and friends.  I also enjoy playing Netball.

Meet Debbie.

Hello, I’m Debbie. In 2017 I will be part time at Richmond Christian College teaching every year level while the classroom teachers have release time.

I love teaching children and seeing them grow and develop into young adults. My goal in the classroom is to make learning fun and enjoyable by creating a safe and caring environment where students can explore and take risks to exceed their potential.

I grew up in Lismore and, along with my husband and three boys, have moved back to the beautiful Ballina area. I love the coastal lifestyle and especially enjoy catching up with friends and family, long beach walks, swimming and fishing.

Stefan Hall

Stefan Hall

IST | PDM | Yr 11 Mathematics

Leonie Iwasaki

Leonie Iwasaki

Japanese | History | Business Studies

Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson

PDHPE | Sports & SRC Coordinator | Technology | Geography

Sarah Marquet

Sarah Marquet

Advanced English

Michelle Robertson

Michelle Robertson

Music

Debbie Simmons

Debbie Simmons

Primary RFF

Stefan Hall

Stefan Hall

IST | PDM | Yr 11 Mathematics

Leonie Iwasaki

Leonie Iwasaki

Japanese | History | Business Studies

Michelle Robertson

Michelle Robertson

Music

Sarah Marquet

Sarah Marquet

Advanced English

Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson

PDHPE | Sports & SRC Coordinator | Technology | Geography

Debbie Simmons

Debbie Simmons

Primary RFF

Meet Michelle.

Hello, I’m Michelle.

I teach Music in the Secondary.

I enjoy teaching because I love seeing doors open for young people into new and rewarding experiences. 

And I love the “a-ha” moment when someone understands a new concept!

I enjoy the beaches and waterholes in the local area.

Meet Michelle.

Hi. I’m Michelle

I teach Secondary PDHPE, Food Technology, Mandatory Technology and Geography.

To teach has been a dream of mine since I was very young.  Teaching is so much more than imparting educational knowledge, it’s being able to understand and apply this knowledge to life.  I get to do this each day through a Biblical Worldview at RCC, especially in PDH where the content is extremely applicable to everyday life. I love teaching young people, seeing them engage in the content and activities, enjoying learning, working together, developing skills and strategies, overcoming challenges, discovering their passions and growing in their individual, God given, gifts and abilities.

I enjoy going for walks and bike rides along the river, going to Church, swimming at the beach and Lake Ainsworth, going to the movies, dining and having coffee with family and friends.  I also enjoy playing Netball.

Meet Debbie.

Hello, I’m Debbie. In 2017 I will be part time at Richmond Christian College teaching every year level while the classroom teachers have release time.

I love teaching children and seeing them grow and develop into young adults. My goal in the classroom is to make learning fun and enjoyable by creating a safe and caring environment where students can explore and take risks to exceed their potential.

I grew up in Lismore and, along with my husband and three boys, have moved back to the beautiful Ballina area. I love the coastal lifestyle and especially enjoy catching up with friends and family, long beach walks, swimming and fishing.

Meet Janelle.

Hello, I’m Janelle.

I work at the school as the Principal’s Assistant on the Administration team in the school office.

I love being part of Richmond Christian College and helping Mr Binks, the staff, school board and students with the myriad of tasks that arise each day. It is a privilege to be able to start each day with other staff members reading the Bible and praying and being part of God’s work in our school.

Our local area is filled with the beauty of God’s magnificent creation and I enjoy being outside in my garden, walking my dog or being beside the ocean. I also enjoy going to church, spending time with family, reading and cross stitching.

Alison Scott

Alison Scott

Educational Assistant

Jennifer Hind

Jennifer Hind

Librarian

Alison Parr

Alison Parr

Administration Officer

Sue Harper

Sue Harper

Educational Assistant

Janelle Clarke

Janelle Clarke

Principal's Assistant

Laurel Trainor

Laurel Trainor

Finance Officer

Tayla Short

Tayla Short

Administrative Assistant

Suzy Surman

Suzy Surman

Grounds

Steve Surman

Steve Surman

Grounds

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